My Top Ten Travel Photos for 2012

Monday, December 31st, 2012 | Posted under Top Ten

It’s less than hours away from the New Year! Let’s see if I can summarize some of the great things I’ve seen this year.


B'Hai Temple Delhi

 B’Hai Temple, New Delhi, India

Hallsgrimskirkja Reykjavik

Interior of Hallsgrimskirkja, Reykjavik, India

Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia (El Calafate), Argentina

Tiger Ranthambore National Park

Tiger in Ranthambore National Park


Geysir, Iceland


Statue of Manuel Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Taj Mahal, Agra, India


Gulfoss, Iceland


Eva Peron’s Tomb, Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina


I still get a kick out of this last one.
What a year of travel! Do you have a favorite place or memory from 2012?


My Top Ten Food Photos of 2012

Monday, December 31st, 2012 | Posted under Top Ten

Hi, all!

It’s the eve of a New Year. Can you believe it? 2012 has been a good year for me even if I am always beating myself  up. I need to be happier with who and where I am in 2013. What about you?

I can’t imagine going to three more radically different places than I traveled to this year (Argentina, India & Iceland), and the good eating wasn’t just international either. I had some great food right here in New York City. As is my usual end of the year tradition, I want to highlight my Top Ten Food pics for 2012. Here are some of my favorite eats/feeble attempts at decent food photography for 2012 (links to past posts included, in case you missed them):

1. These are the best pancakes EVER!! I’m going back to the Pancake Month at Clinton Street Baking Company in February.

Banana Pancakes Clinton Street Baking Company Banana Pancakes with Bavarian Cream, Toasted Coconut & Warm Maple Butter 

2. I ate a lot of great food courtesy of some wonderful special invites from my friend M. I now have a newfound respect for Austrian food thanks to the chefs from Edi & the Wolf and Seasonal.

Smoked Wild Salmon Edi & The Wolf

 Smoked Wild Salmon with Mustard Creme Fraiche, Leek Water & Crispy Brown Bread

3. By far, the best meatball parmigian sandwich, I have EVER tasted in my life. I went back with Husband J, and he says it’s in his top two as well. I’ve also tried the chicken parm, and it’s equally good. I’m going back to try the eggplant, too.

Meatball Parm Sanwich at Parm

Meatball Parm Sandwich at Parm

4. Discovering Argentinian pizza was a pleasant surprise.

Guerrin Pizza Buenos AiresTomato, Olive, Ham Pizza at Guerrin in Buenos Aires, Argentina

5. I miss India’s spicy breakfasts. Nothing like a little cumin in the morning.
Breakfast Tiffin New Delhi

Breakfast Tiffin at Saravana Bhavan, New Delhi, India

6. I know it’s just a hot dog, but it’s a darn good one. The Icelandic people are very lucky.

Baejarins Beztu Pylsur Hot Dog Iceland

The Everything Hot Dog from Baejarins Beztu Pylsur in Reykjavik, Iceland

7.  Celebrating a family milestone with an excellent meal!

Foie Gras Castle Hill Inn

Pan-Seared Foie Gras with Pinot Noir Cake, Foie Gras Ice Cream and Green Grapes at Castle Hill Inn, Newport, RI

8. High tea: I need to do that more often.

Raspberry Tart Alvear Palace Hotel

Raspberry Tart at High Tea from the Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires

9. Anything sweet with glitter deserves a mention.

Kaju Katli Jaipur

Kaju Katli in Jaipur, India

10. I still haven’t written about the steaks in Argentina.

Steak Don Julio Buenos Aires

Ribeye from Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Any favorites from these set of pictures? What are you hoping to eat or cook more of in 2013?

Travel photos are coming later!

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Best of 2011 – Travel

Thursday, December 29th, 2011 | Posted under Top Ten

I hope you enjoyed the Best of 2011 food post.

I have to say that even though it was a hard to wittle down a year’s worth of eating, it was just as hard (if not harder) finding ten travel photos that encapsulated this year for me. My travel year consisted of revisiting Los Angeles after not setting foot on the West Coast of the U.S.A. for almost nine years; my first time taking a plane within my own state to Buffalo, NY; seeing my family in Antigua; and of course discovering the wonders of Turkey. For all of that, I really do need about 15-20 pics. My travels may not be as extensive as some travel blogs out there, but I wouldn’t trade this year for anything. 🙂
Again, in no particular order and with links to relevant posts, I present my Best/Favorite/Most Intriguing (to me) travel photos of 2011.
The Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles, California at sunset. Check out my trip to Los Angeles by clicking the California label on the left.

The view of English Harbour from Shirley Heights, Antigua

The ceiling of the Aya Sophia – Istanbul, Turkey

Niagara Falls (New York side)

The Celsus Library – Ephesus, Turkey

Up and Away – Cappadocia, Turkey

Do you have any favorites of these the pictures? I’d love to know which one and why. 🙂

Do you have any travel plans already on the horizon for 2012?


Best of 2011 – Food

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 | Posted under Top Ten

Hello, all!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, is ready to finish out Hanukah, and has had a great start to Kwanzaa!
I can’t believe that it’s December 27. Where did this month go, and, more importantly, where did this YEAR go?
What I do love about the end of the year are lists of what people think are the best of anything. Last year, I made a list of my favorite food and travel shots of 2010. You can take a look at them here (or just click the Top Ten label on the right).
These pics are a mix of the most intriguing or memorable things I ate in 2011 as well as some of my better food photography (which isn’t saying much. LOL!). Here they are in no particular order with links in case you missed a post or two….
Wild Rock Lobster (River Cafe – Brooklyn, NY)
Roasted lobster tail, mango, fennel, lemon, olive oil

Chicken & Waffle Cupcake (Robicelli’s – Brooklyn, NY)
A piece of chicken on top of a waffle. Love it!

Buffalo Wings (Anchor Bar – Buffalo, NY)
Buffalo wings in Buffalo! 🙂

Taylor Bay Scallop Ceviche (River Cafe – Brooklyn, NY)
On the half shell with sea beans, tomato and coriander

Manti (Pasazade – Istanbul, Turkey)
lamb-filled pasta topped with tangy yogurt sauce, tomato sauce and spices

Deviled Eggs (Prune – New York, NY)
A good one from my IPhone. People love this on Foodspotting. Have you tried out the site?

Cheeseburger Animal Style with sauteed onions and extra sauce (In ‘N Out Burger – Culver City, California)
My first In ‘N Out burger!

Irmik Helva (Pasazade – Istanbul, Turkey)
A traditional Turkish dessert

Ducuna with Ling Fish & Chop Up (Miss Brenda’s Food Stall – English Harbour, Antigua)

Mistanya Kuzu Firin (Imbat – Istanbul, Turkey)

Here’s to more great eating in 2012!
Stay tuned for my Best of 2011 travel photos.


Best of 2010 – Food

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 | Posted under Bali, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Top Ten

When I thought about doing a Top Ten/Best Of series for this year, I thought that it would be totally easy. Yet when it came to food shots, I didn’t realize how hard it would be. How I can distill a half year’s worth of food blogging into ten pictures. Should I go with pretty food pics or my favorite experiences? Decisions, decisions, decisions….I just decided to throw in a little bit of everything: some of my favorite dishes this year, some new food experiences that I had and stuff that was just plain pretty (if I do say so myself). Again, all of this is in no particular order. Good food is just good food. Isn’t that right? 🙂

Burger from Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, DC

The Sweet & Salty Cupcake from Baked, Brooklyn, New York
I have said it before, and I’ll say it again: I think about these cupcakes all the time.

Breakfast fruit platter, The Samaya, Seminyak, Bali
Yes, I know that this is a plate of fruit, BUT it’s a PRETTY plate of fruit!

The “Special” at Babi Guling Ibu Oka, Ubud, Bali

Peach Tatin, Colicchio & Sons, Manhattan

The Rijstaffel at Chandi, Seminyak, Bali

Marinated Sea Scallops, Pickled Swiss Chard Stems and Aji Dulce Peppers
Gramercy Tavern, Manhattan

The lamb burger at The Breslin, Manhattan
This made me believe in meat again (sorta).

The Indonesian breakfast at the Samaya, Seminyak, Bali

A lobster roll from the Red Hook Lobster Pound pop-up restaurant at Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, New York
I hope Red Hook Lobster Pound does this again next year. This time, I think I’ll need more than one trip over there.

Do you have a favorite meal from 2010? Where did you eat it, or what did you cook?


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